Walking Holidays in Europe
We have carefully hand-picked for our walking holidays in Europe such locations that provide a range of exceptional natural diversity within a relatively compact geographical region.
When Peter Duncan took up a friend’s invitation to make his first visit to the Balkans, he was faced with an abundance of surprises. He happily admits: “Whilst I had visited many other regions of the world, this was a part of Europe, almost on my doorstep, which I knew so little about”.
Through the years we naturally expanded to the South and East – but still mainland Europe remains a special place for us.
Take one of the more spectacular treks in Europe, traversing the stunning Julian Alps with an optional climb of Mount Triglav, the highest in Slovenia. The jagged limestone peaks offer some of Europe’s best scenery and walking, with Mount Triglav at the centre of the range, and the glacial lakes of Bohinj and Bled far below.
On this demanding but rewarding trek above the Amalfi Coast, Positano and Sorrento, you will discover the unspoiled beauty of the Lattari Mountains. You will walk through real mountain scenery, past amazing sheer drops, through chestnut forests and beautiful countryside with terraced lemon groves and vineyards.
Experience an epic self guided trek in the High Tatras, the highlight of which will be summitting Mount Gerlach with an experienced mountain guide. Gerlachovský štít (2,655 m) is the highest peak in the High Tatras in Slovakia and in the whole 1,500 km long Carpathian mountain chain.
North-West Mallorca offers the island’s best walking – it is where the rugged mountains of the Tramuntana Sierra plunge into the sea. This spectacular walk follows winding trails that link the most picturesque towns and villages – Sóller, Pollença and Valldemossa – where you stay at charming hotels and enjoy time for long dinners of tapas and wine.
The beautiful island of La Palma (known as La Isla Bonita – the Pretty Island), one of Spain’s Canary Islands, is a land of stunning calderas, deep gorges, laurel forests, dramatic cliffs and rugged coastline, all waiting to be discovered on foot using a first-class network of walking trails.
Enjoy a unique circular itinerary in the Alps where the borders of Austria, Italy and Slovenia meet. Start from Villach in Austria, then follow the ridges of the Carnic Alps in Italy, cross the stunning Julian Alps and take in the landscapes of Triglav National Park in Slovenia, then reach Kranjska Gora and finish back in Villach.
This walking holiday will take you on a picturesque trek through the alpine area of Triglav National Park. The jagged limestone peaks offer some of Europe’s best scenery and walking, with Mount Triglav (the highest in Slovenia) at the centre of the range, and the glacial lakes of Bohinj and Bled far below. Optional guided climb of Mount Triglav can be included.
Our Lakes and Valleys of Slovenian Alps walking holiday in Slovenia will take you to the famous Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj on an unforgettable walking tour through a picturesque landscape. You will walk through deep green forests and lush meadows of wild flowers. Suitable for hikers of very average fitness, families, groups of friends and highly recommended for photography enthusiasts.
The Alta Via 1 route is known as the classical path revealing the iconic peaks of the Italian Dolomites, one of the most unique landscapes in Europe. Once a battleground, the region is now one of the most visited and accessible hiking destinations attracting adventure travellers from all over the world.
Explore beautiful Budapest and the hidden secrets of the Bakony Mountains. Bakony is a mountainous region, located just 30 km north of Lake Balaton. It is an isolated area of a magical beauty, with densely forested ridges, small lakes and numerous medieval fortresses and monasteries.
Dramatic Olympus, the Throne of Zeus and the highest mountain in Greece, is the highlight of this walking holiday. The first part of this route is a 4-day demanding but fantastic trek over the mystic mountain of Olympus. Continuing to the north you go off the beaten path across Mount Pieria east to west via Flambouro summit.
Considered one of the world’s most iconic trails, this is a demanding but non-technical trek which explores the best parts of the Alps between Arolla and Zermatt, filled with breathtaking Alpine scenery. You will spend the nights in comfortable private rooms and we will transfer your luggage between hotels on all walking days.
Undiscovered national parks, hidden valleys, ancient castles, walled towns, timeless villages, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, wonderful culture and sweeping views of the Ionian Sea – Albania’s charming south has it all. This walking holiday offers that rare opportunity to step back in time and hike along footpaths off the beaten track.
La Gomera, the greenest of the Canary Islands is a real hiker’s paradise. Steep cliffs along the coastline give way to volcanic peaks, deep gorges and lush green valleys. From Garajonay Peak through the tropical rainforest of National Park Garajonay to the rugged coast, you will be rewarded with spectacular views.
Follow the wine trails of Tuscany on foot through the wine region of Chianti, nestled between the beautiful cities of Florence and Siena. The rolling Chianti hills are carpeted with olive groves, vineyards and fields that have come from a Renaissance painting. First overnight is in Florence and last one is in Siena, but we strongly recommend that you spend some extra nights in both cities.
The historic path from Assisi to Spoleto takes you in the footsteps of St. Francis through Umbria, the green heart of Italy. The villages you visit on the way have preserved their own identity and you will feel like the time has stood still for centuries. Last, but not least, this part of Italy is world-known for its exquisite cuisine and fine wines.
Walk the last 100 km of the classic French Way (Camino Frances) of the Camino from Saria to Santiago (the minimum required to earn your Compostela). Traverse the undulating landscapes of Galicia and reward your efforts in Santiago de Compostela, the heart and hub of all pilgrimages on the Way of St James.
This is a tour that combines the typical hilly landscape of Tuscany with its mixture of colours and scents and the striking scenery of the Etruscan coastline. The local cycle paths will take you through Pisa, Livorno, Piombino, feeling the warm Mediterranean sea breeze and enjoying beautiful white sandy beaches, finishing on the Island of Elba.
Known for its slow food, fine wines, regal palazzi and authentic French-influenced atmosphere, Piedmont is one of Italy’s most diverse regions. Cycling among the rolling hills covered with vineyards, you will explore various treasures of culinary, architectural and cultural nature – all this at your own, relaxed pace.
The Camino Finisterre is a great way to finish your Camino de Santiago. Finisterre translates as “the end of the world” and for many pilgrims the journey is complete when they can walk no more, reaching Cape Finisterre, located in the westernmost part of Galicia and looking out onto the rough waters of the Atlantic Ocean.